"Autumn Lake, Ray County"
9" x 12"
watercolor pencil on archival paper
This is a hidden lake on a private holding in Ray County, Missouri. My friends and I had secured permission to explore, hike, sketch, and photograph, and we came across this beautiful spot. The leaves were gone, but the still water reflected a pristine sky and lakeside reeds glowed as if on fire!
I hope it finds a home with you...
I chose watercolor pencil for this, since I could sketch in those graceful bare limbs with my pencil point, then soften them with clear water to suggest the tiny twigs you barely see from a distance...
I varied the color a bit to give the impression of the different types of trees.
The clumps of reed were like soft down-filled pillows! I know they had provided cover for waterfowl, frogs, and fish, spawning near the banks.
This painting was originally done for by North Light book, Watercolor Pencil Magic, now out of print. In order to meet the demand, I produced an expanded version of the book, Watercolor Pencil Workshop on CD, restoring one whole chapter that had to be edited from the book for space reasons; the CD is in PDF format, and has bonus reading. We use this CD for my online classes!
The CD is $15.99 + shipping--you can find it here, if you like: